Rutgers University was founded as Queens College in 1766. As the state university of New Jersey, Rutgers is considered one of the premier research universities in the country and is nationally recognized for its more than 100 undergraduate programs, masters programs, and more than 80 doctoral degree programs. With over 54,000 enrolled students, the university is a member of the Association of American Universities.
In addition, the university is a member of the USGBC, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and, the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability, as well as Energy Star and a CHP Partner with the EPA. In 2009, the university signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the EPA and was recognized this year as the largest reducer of greenhouse gases out of all the higher education signers.